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Honoring our heroes

Today is Memorial Day. Most Americans will "celebrate" with a day off of work, with cookouts, and maybe some fireworks. They'll grill hamburgers and steaks, maybe wear red, white, and blue. Many people will think only briefly for a moment of what this holiday is supposed to be about, if they do at all.

Memorial Day should be more than just an excuse to have a three-day weekend and grill out with your friends and family. This is a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms. They've given us their lives. Is it too much to ask for us to honor them for one day?

Here's a video that's a real tearjerker (for me, anyways) that seemed appropriate for today.

Today, maybe visit a cemetery or memorial in your area where your local fallen are buried or remembered. A lot of cities have ceremonies or parades... attend one. 3:00 is the national moment of remembrance, so at 3:00 stop and reflect on the sacrifices our heroes have made. If you have children, sit them down and explain to them just why it is they can go to whatever church they want, whatever school they want... why it is that they can watch whatever they want on TV and why it is that they can live free. Tell them why America is the last, best hope for the world. Tell them it's because the best and bravest among us have sacrificed everything they have to give them that freedom... and that we should be forever grateful.

It's so little to ask of us, when they've done so much.

This is apparently a Michael Yon photo, but the link attached to it was broken. I still wanted everyone to know where it came from, though.





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ANYONE who served or serves... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

ANYONE who served or serves honorably in ANY capacity deserves to be honored for their service--none more so than those who gave it all.

In my memory they live as t... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

In my memory they live as they were then:
In sunshine bright, their faces alight.
They move with grace across my mind,
Their voices laughing, hearts in flight.

So sad the days and nights of thought
Of loved ones pained, of life drained
On ground so far away from where we trained
To end the lives of who dare kill freedom.

Memory, my altar and prayer to The Trinity,
For they who swore the oath of allegiance freely,
And bore the battle's brunt with bravery,
Give them Peace, they died for our Liberty.

We should never forget, or ... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

We should never forget, or stop being thankful
for each generation who willingly makes the
sacrifice and answer the call to service.


In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae ~ 1918

Cover them over with beauti... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Cover them over with beautiful flowers,
Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours,
Lying so silent by night and by day
Sleeping the years of their manhood away.
Give them the meed they have won in the past;
Give them the honors their future forcast;
Give them the chaplets they won in the strife;
Give them the laurels they lost with their life.
~Will Carleton

Something I always think ab... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

Something I always think about on Memorial Day is my visit to The Punchbowl in Hawaii.
It was not Memorial Day, think it was in the fall of the year, late in October of 1969.(I am an older poot), just glad I was returning home and had the opportunity to spend a few days in Honolulu.

To me, it was one of the most serene, peaceful places I had ever been. As I remember most of it was dedicated the interments of WWII and the Pacific Veterans of WWII. Think they were running out of space.

Anyway, to be there and not be emotionally affected would make you want to run down and become a registered democrat.

I, for one, am thankful for... (Below threshold)
Carl:

I, for one, am thankful for all American troops, both past and present who have served this country. On March 31st, my father-in-law passed away. He was a Marine in the Pacific Theater during World War II and stationed in Guam. He didn't like to talk about the experiences he had there. At his funeral a Marine honor guard presented my Mother-in-law with the flag that draped his coffin. It was an extremely moving ceremony. So this Memorial Day is a little more poignant for my wife and myself.

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day. I invite you and your readers to my blog to see my Memorial Day tribute.

Maggie, last year we were i... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Maggie, last year we were in Belgium and visited several of the cemetaries in Flanders. Saw the field hospital bunker where MacCrae worked as a surgeon.

Very moving.

Memorial Day, 1967..Mekong ... (Below threshold)
Ran56:

Memorial Day, 1967..Mekong Delta..Special Forces, 11 of my brothers gave their all. 318 NVA went down for their cause. I'll never forget those brothers.

Ran56,Thank You, ... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Ran56,

Thank You, your brothers, and everyone who ever served our country.




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